Post # 1
Me and my FI got a wedding package deal which included the catering. One tasting is also included. The wedding is nine months away and for the tasting, the caterer asked us to choose what we wanted for the menu, which is fair enough, we have a good idea of what we wanted. But there were some things we weren’t sure about, like which appetizers we wanted. Even though we gave her an outline of what we want the menu to be, we asked if we could taste another appetizer to help us make up our minds. All in all, it would be 3 appetizers we would be tasting, 2 are inlcuded and one would be extra to help us narrow down which two we wanted.
She came back making the decision for us saying “X is better than Y, I’ll make that one for you.” We said we still wanted to give the other one a try and she then said she had other bookings that day and wouldn’t have time.
I thought the whole point of a tasting was to help you decide what you wanted at your wedding, to narrow down options. The thing is, if we don’t like the “final” menu that we’ve chosen, we have to schedule other tastings that are an extra cost.
Is this typical? Where you have to decide on a final menu before you even taste the menu?
Post # 3
due to timing issues sending out invites, we had to choose our entrees before our tasting. we only tasted entrees, did not taste apps. Ours wasn’t a sit down with the caterer though, it was a group event. They did have a few passed apps to try (we didn’t get any), then had a buffet with many (but not all) off the entree options.
Post # 4
My venue did not offer tastings at all. Just had to go by description and hope for the best.
Post # 5
We were given a sample of appetizers, but had to choose from a list. Most of what we chose, we were never given a chance to taste. I think that is kind of normal.
Post # 6
@yayaya: This happened to us, we had a group tasting, but I wanted to try something else after one of the items we picked was not that great. Our venue simply scheduled another time for us to come in. All of our tastings were free.
Post # 7
We only tasted the main entree items, but we had quite a lot of choices to try. I think maybe 3-4 meats and like 5 sides?
Post # 9
Our venue does tastings twice a year. The first one we went to, they had five or six of the cocktail hour “stations” and eight passed hors d’ouerves, then two samples of entree selections, and a few different flavors of wedding cake. They have zillions of appetizers and entrees to choose from, so we didn’t get to try the things we planned on actually having at the wedding, but we tried enough to know that we’re satisfied with their food.
We’re going to a second one next month that sounds like it will be more of a sit down dinner – again, we don’t get to pick what we’re trying, but hopefully it’ll give us an idea of what their strong and weak dishes are.
Post # 10
We did our tasting.. sounded like the same as you.. we picked a few things to try (it wasn’t unlimited) and we had to choose that night what we wanted. What if we didn’t like what we tried? Luckily we liked everything & picked our menu with no problems. We didn’t get to try any of the apps. It seems pretty standard what they’re having you do.
Post # 11
We paid for our tasting. It was in our caterers apartment and he servedus our whole wedding menu and had a waiter serving us and pouring our wine. It was $100 for both of us. I thought it was a great deal – our caterer new he wasn’t getting ripped off by us and we got an awesome dinner and wine for way less than we would have spent in a restaurant! We defo had some things we didn’t love and I was glad we had a chance to tweak our menu. We ultimately hired this caterer.
Post # 12
@yayaya: I’ve never heard of having to pay for a tasting. I went to a few different tastings at different venues and they were all up front and free of cost. But I did come into contact with one venue that wanted you to pick the menu without even trying the food and that was a major red flag for me. And rightly so because my best friend went to a wedding there around the same time and said the food was horrible! Keep hounding that lady! Lol
Post # 13
Our venue’s tastings are $50, I want to say it includes 4 appetizers, 2 or 3 entrees and multiple cake flavors. They’re pretty flexible though, we asked if we could do an all appetizer tasting to get those picked and then an all entree tasting, and they were totally fine with it.
Post # 14
We had our tasting included and we could only try 5 entrees but no apps or desert. We then picked our 3 entrees for guests to choose from
Post # 15
That sucks. Our tasting was awesome, and included in our wedding package. We got to have up to six people there, they brought beverages, and we got to taste four appetizers, two salads, four vegetables, four starches, four entree proteins, and four cakes. We left completely stuffed with food.